Tango Fiesta is a top-down cooperative shooter for 1-4 players. Imagine the events from every single 80’s action film ever made actually happened to one guy - well you & up to 3 friends get to blast, shoot & knife your way through procedurally generated levels as the ultimate one (or 2, 3, or 4) man army!
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Release Date: Sep 24, 2015

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May 16

Development Update


One of our lovely fans reminded us that we've been quiet since the launch and the first patch, but that we'd mentioned a pretty chunky update we were expecting to land in January. It's now a few months since January, so we owe you an update.

Basically, we got a bunch of paid work (both through clients and government funding on Waterways: http://spiltmilkstudios.tumblr.com/waterways) so our plans got put on hold. That's the first thing that happened - despite us having done a ton of work towards the Big Update, it just made no sense to turn down the money we were offered (without it we wouldn't be around to release ANY updates for Tango at all) so we just paused the active development until after that work was complete. That's just around the corner now.

Then, another cool thing happened - totally related to Tango Fiesta this time, but something we're not able to talk about yet. Rest assured if you're a fan of Tango you'll be excited, and it will happen this year (sooner rather than later) but it means that again it makes no sense for us to work on the planned update, and that the sensible move is to keep it on hold.

None of this means anything other than we'll be updating Tango Fiesta soon, with new features, polish & bug fixes, just probably not quite the ones we had initially planned and certainly not in the original imagined timeframe.

Anyway, we're sorry for being so quiet, sorry for missing the planned update, but we can't wait to talk about what it this mysterious stuff is :D

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About This Game

Tango Fiesta is an action packed top-down cooperative two stick shooter for 1 to 4 players. Set in a world where the events from every single 80’s action film ever made actually happened to one unlucky hero called John Strong, you and up to three friends get to blast, shoot, knife, and high score your way through endless procedurally generated levels in the ultimate true story behind all those amazing movies!

What’s in Tango Fiesta right now? All of this...


JOHN STRONG! The world’s least-known most-dangerous man.
MACMILLAN! John’s best friend and comrade in arms.
BIONIC COP! He thinks he’s a Cop. He thinks he’s a robot. But is he either? Both? NEITHER?

CONCHITA! Five feet three inches of pure dynamite, this wrongly-convicted felon is out to prove her innocence by killing everyone in her way.
DR HENK! he’s a doctor of parapsychology don't you know? He loves bustin' too, and this hobby just became his only means of survival!
MILLER! A slightly scary Australian man with a nice jacket and an even nicer sawn-off shotgun.


Team up with your friends to deal out death and destruction to the endless hordes!


Five worlds of procedurally generated mayhem means no two plays are ever the same across all 20 stages! 17 enemy types keep the action challenging and fresh!

Take in the sun (and avoid the bullets) on the golden sandy beaches of Gordon’s Island!

Dive for cover in the usefully-tough foliage that grows in the Central American Jungle!

Prove your innocence by killing your way through the fiendish death mazes in the world’s most popular TV show, Who Wants To Be A Killionaire!

Don't cross the streams! Busting ghouls and ghosts in the spooky, fog-laden Ghoul Squad!

Define the future of law enforcement fighting through the rust belts riddled through future Detroit!


Although our main inspirations are better known for their snappy one liners over their well developed character arcs we’re taking the opportunity to set the world to rights. Help John Strong as he unveils the true story behind all of your favourite classic 1980’s action flicks. Go with him if you want to believe!


Every Quaid needs his Richter. Every Ripley needs her Alien Queen. Every Matrix needs his Bennett. We’re going to cover you in so many iconic, hilarious, over the top and challenging bosses you’ll wish you’d never promised to save the world.


Will you choose the Oozy 9mm, Arius A1, Matrix 80, Sawn-off, Viper Combat Rifle, or one of the other 25 to crush your enemies with? Say hello to every little friend you could ever want - unlock them through play and then buy them for your hero!


Our heroes ain’t got time to bleed, but the rest of the world doesn’t get off so lightly. Getting overrun? Destroy those Spawn Huts to stem the tide of bad guys. Stuck between a rock and a hard place? Blast your way through any wall or structure - show those bricks who’s boss!

So the game’s out? So what! We’ll be updating it soon with even more awesome features!

STEAM WORKSHOP SUPPORT! Create your own heroes, share them and play with them online or off! Even if you don’t have them yet, you can see your friends’ creations in action! Think we’ve missed as 80’s action hero? Then get drawing!

LINUX PORT! We know how many people out there want this, so we’re going to deliver!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 or equivalent.
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 845 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller Highly Recommended.
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or equivalent, running at 2.2 GHz.
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8800 or equivalent.
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 845 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Controller Highly Recommended.
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27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
Short Version Review
A simple and amazing action-packed game that manages to be fun, nostalgic, and challenging. If you are looking for a game to pass some time, have some fun, shoot some bad guys and have fun alone or with your friends, BUY THIS GAME NOW.
Full Review Below

This amazing game is not only nostalgic, but it is incredibly fun. You can play alone, you can play with friends, you can play online and local co-op. This game not only brings the nostalgic feeling of the 1980's in a wonderful, funny and entertaining way, but it is also challenging and has many play styles, characters, and weapons to choose from.

You start the game by picking a character, two weapons, and a throwable. After that you will pick the missions and start unleashing bullet hell on your enemies. The game has an excellent, funny and short story about a man named John Strong and his life of adventures. This game has it all, from guns, bullets, romance and bad guys to explosions, Arnold Schwarzenegger as a weapons dealer, and spooky scary ghosts.

While in a mission, the game will point you the objectives you have to take care, It doesn't matter how, The cool thing about it, is the fact that the map and objectives are randomly generated, which sometimes might make it easier, harder and more challenging. At the beginning of the game you will be wondering, "Wow, where's the challenge in that?" And just like that, the game gets really hard, especially at the end. And you thought Dark Souls was hard...

The only true thing that made me sad about this game, is that I couldn't find ANYONE to play online with me. Luckily I had a spare controller, so me and my friend had lots of fun on this game. Which by the way, this game is better played with a controller.

Personal Opinion
I simply loved this game and all it's features. I can't wait to bring all my friends and play it with them. If you love the 1980's, nostalgia, guns, explosions, action, and sexy manly mans without shirts shooting down bad buys, BUY THIS GAME RIGHT NOW! It is worth every penny and it's amazing. It has been so long since I had so much fun in a simple game like that.

The co-op makes it even better. You and (possibly) your friends are gonna have some fun with it. I recommend this game to all of you Arnold Schwarzenegger lovers. You won't regret it.

Also, I highly recommend buying the 4-Pack because it is EXTREMELY cheap. Plus you and your friends can play together and have some fun. Or you can just hold the extra copies hostage and make your friends pay the ransom. Though I wouldn't do that if your friend is the leader of an elite special forces or something... He might make you stick around.

+ Lots of action;
+ Super fun;
+ Super addicting;
+ Extremely challenging & hard;
+ Online and local co-op;
+ Lots of weapons;
+ Get to the Choppa!;
+ Lots of enemy variations;
+ Amazing soundtrack;
+ Different characters with different status;
+ Full controller support;
+ Random generated map;
+ Destructible Scenery.

- Few bugs and glitches;
- Repetitive objectives;
- A bit short game.

Gameplay - 9.5/10
Co-op - 9.5/10
Interface - 8.5/10

9.5/10 - Perfect!
"Would get to the choppa again!"

A Note to the Developer(s)
I loved your game! Even though I wasn't part of the 1980's myself, I simply loved all the references and the artwork. I just wish it had more missions. I really wanted to play it more.

Also, nice work on the game description on the Store Page. In fact, I didn't need to make this review. The description was well detailed and very well made.

Now, I do hope you keep your promise of adding the Steam Workshop support. That will not only increase the replayability and fun, but it's also gonna be awesome for content creators and nostalgic porsuers like me.

The soundtrack is also amazing, I would love if you made it available for download. A tip: Some games like to sell their Soundtracks on Steam. so you could do that. Or just give it for free with the game like so many others.

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13 of 19 people (68%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
This key was obtained from evolve.pr for purposes of review

The problem with Tango Fiesta comes down to a simple fact: it doesn't stand out. When you have games like Relic Hunter Zero that are free that does what Tango Fiesta is doing in a variety of ways, and the game is free, it's hard to give a recommendation. Especially with gameplay that does not complement the game design in question, as elements seem to work against each other in the over picture: a game that desperately wants to be faster then it is. Now the game has a goofy nature to it that executes rather well, and the presentation in terms of the visuals is enjoyable. But it lacks an oompf, a factor to make it stand out from the rest of the games in the industry even if its competently done, and at this price, it's hard to justify this purchase over other games of the genre. In the end, Tango Fiesta is a party that isn't very exciting.

Gameplay Footage and Video Review: https://youtu.be/r8adIbxJUkQ


  • Off the wall story done in a random yet very goofy kind of way that executes well in delivery.
  • Character models are nice, and the overall aesthetic of the game works in the big picture.
  • Controls are competently done in terms of execution, although there's a design element I'll elude to in the negative section.
  • Game is competently done all around. But unfortunately......

  • It lacks punch. The game doesn't shine in one area at all in any significant way. While the game has strengths, it just does nothing in terms of gameplay to really change up the formula in a very crowded field.
  • Don't see why the 8 access controls were necessary, especially with the control schemes implemented. Adds too much simplification of gameplay to my tastes.
  • Some enemies blend into the background and don't fit the theme of the game or themselves. Weird audio plays on what seems to be an invisible enemy that may be a dog of some sort?
  • Inconsistent rules with things like destructible environments that seem to hinder the gameplay.
  • Game shows its early access roots and this causes cohesion problems. In game UI has changed, but opening sequence and level preview shows old footage with a different UI set, almost a different game.

This review was reposted as the video linked to it unfortunately had a SLIGHT PROBLEM with youtube, because well youtube is a butt sometimes.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28, 2015
I used to think to think this game was terrible, but as it turns out it's actually a surprisingly good, and well worth however much money it is. I got this game in a pretty garbage loot crate rip off, but this was definetely the gem on the top of that festering pile of feces. The controls and aiming takes a little bit of getting used to, but they may end up fixing that later, *wink wink give me mouse aiming plz thx* but yeah, if you can get past the slightly irritating aiming function, this game is a really good and simple indie game.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 21, 2014
I'm currently playing the Early Access build and it's already great fun. You can see the little flourishes that the dev team are adding, little animations and jokes here and there that really add to the polish.
It's a pretty simple game and wears its heart on its sleeve, but it's all really well executed - if you're looking for something that's really fun to play with friends gathered round, Tango is perfect. If you're a child of the 80s, the jokes and references will definitely raise a smile.
The developers are clearly having a good time making it - their joy in the process really shines through and gives Tango Fiesta buckets of charm.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 15, 2014
Awesome visual style and soundtrack, and with all four players, the gameplay is a lot of fun! Tango Fiesta completely nails everything good about 80's movies! Bullets will fly! Wilhelm screams! :D
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 28, 2014
**RECOMMENDATION WITH WARNING** Obviously it's in alpha phase, and some things are buggy, and unstable. It's still very playable. You start with an automatic rifle, shotgun, and some grenades. Every enemy drops gold. Gold is use to unlock the other weapons. The longer you play the more enemies spawn until you destroy or capture the objectives, then the spawns stop and you get to mop up the stragglers. The next level unlocks after defeating the last, and you can select any level you've completed. The levels are themed after various 80's action movies. I noticed a good mechanic in the second set of levels that was quite impressive. It's a jungle with areas of brush from which you can post up and pick off the enemies. The brush blocks their gunfire. If you are equipped with a rifle, the bullets fly through the brush. If your other weapon is for example a submachinegun, your bullets will only hit the brush. Each tile of brush is destructible, so it provides temporary cover. Also, walls of most structures are destructible as well. I want to keep this short for now so will end it here. I may pop in to edit in the future. I like top down shooters, and this one is fun. If you don't mind playing an alpha, and you really like top down shooters check this out. Was it worth the $15 or so pricetag? I mean, hey, I'm having fun with it, and my first impression was good, that the developers open to suggestion, and are frequently updating material. It's worth it for me.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2015
Shooting guns! 80s action hero action! Decent twin stick shooter. Get it if you like 'em!
As someone who loved the classic 80's arcade shooter 'Commando', Tango Fiesta transported me back to those times in all the right ways, with its knowing retro styling and 80's action movie influences, this is a pure arcade shooter in the truest and most loving sense of the word!
I Give this game an 9.8 out of 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4, 2014
It's difficult for semi-aquatic mammals like me to have an opinion on twin-stick shooters. Sadly I struggle to handle the controls what with my flippers. Were I a walrus I would have tusks to use to press those buttons, but I don't. That said I found a human who was able to play it thanks to his opposable thumbs and he had this to say.

"This is a top quality twin-stick shooter full of great 80s references. It has a ton of weapons to charge about with in online co-op too. Plus you can make your own weird characters. Buy it if you like shooting and having fun. "

I, His Majesty King Randomer, The Royal Seal, have given this my SEAL OF APPROVAL.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 7, 2015
There are only so many games out there that make me wish I was back in the '80s. Through a fine combination of delicious satirical takes and edge-of-your-seat action (which is never predictable thanks to some particularly brilliant use of procedural generation), Tango Fiesta has me out in the garage trying to convert a burnt orange 1984 Ford Cortina into a time machine.
Oh the game? Yeah that's bloody fun too, especially when played with friends on the sofa or across the tubes of the internet.
There's a full review here that I wrote if you're still not convinced: http://jamesslackgames.com/2015/09/24/tango-fiesta-review/
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 15, 2015
As someone who loved the classic 80's arcade shooter 'Commando', Tango Fiesta transported me back to those times in all the right ways, with its knowing retro stylings and 80's action movie influences, this is a pure arcade shooter in the truest and most loving sense of the word!
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Dr. Rockso M.D.
0.6 hrs
Posted: September 6
Bought this for a dollar. I got less than what I paid for, much less.

I've played free flash games that are much better than this - and much fewer bugs too.

If you are looking for a 4-player coop game in which to play with your friends *and* have an enjoyable time, I would recommend Broforce.
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2.4 hrs
Posted: April 20
Plain Awful
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0.1 hrs
Posted: April 11
Bad 8/15
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0.1 hrs
Posted: January 16
The movement and shooting feels sluggish and syruppy. After only a few minutes it bugged me too much when there are other games in the same genre out there for much cheaper with more developed control systems.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: January 11
Awesome!, I got the code in a loot box for christmas and the game was free hehe sneaky ;)
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0.3 hrs
Posted: December 26, 2015
Great game it's like broforce with little change in the names of the people. either way broforce or this are really good games.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: December 13, 2015
Top-to-bottom terrible. I can excuse the awful writing as an homage to the genre, but not the sticky controls, the tendency to crash, the inability to work with a gamepad despite the game’s recommendations to use one, and the myriad mindless yet still frustrating gameplay choices that make this a time-waster in the worst way. Perhaps with the four players on one screen it’s fine, but I feel like so much effort was put into making it playable by four people at once that there was no consideration for whether it should be.
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 17, 2015
Game provided for free for review purpose
Tango Fiesta
Developer: Spilt Milk Studios
CAN $13.99
US $12.99
EN £9.99
EU €11.99
AUS $11.99

Tango Fiesta is a top down shooter that has the distinction of having online and local co-op. You have the choice to play multiple character which includes someone that reminded me but isn't Robocop (for all legal reasons).

You play stages in waves, you get an objective and after you achieve success, you get a survive the wave section. Levels aren't that long and it is fine like that. I did play single player and local co-op and both ran fine but I must say that the co-op was way more fun.

You can play with keyboard and mouse or with a controller, I would recommend a controller, during the co-op try, I used a controller and it felt right.

There are 20 achievements to gather and the game has trading cards.

Overall I would say that the game is fun but the price is a little high, there are other games similar that are under $10 that can be just as fun playing with friends.

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